Saturday, October 07, 2006

Betty La Fea (Ugly Betty) Mas Bella Update XX

Just a quick note of apology to those of you who have been watching "La Fea Mas Bella" the last couple of weeks and had to sit through the whole golf course/horse/mole/drunk Erasmo/Pavel disaster. I seriously don't remember anything of that nature or length in the original (and now unquestionably better) "Betty La Fea" (although that was almost a decade ago now and I hardly remember where I lived then). Now it looks like we're about to do a similarly silly thing in Munische. I promise, though, that, when they stop screwing around, the rest of the plot will be worth your time. Hang in there, like we're doing.

As for "Ugly Betty," it's good on its own terms, part fidelity to the classic (small part) and part "have to attract 'Lost' and 'Desperate Housewives' audience." It's not "Betty La Fea" and will never have the impact or audience, but that was a choice the suits at ABC made knowingly (or at least as knowingly as their collective brain can cogitate). America is going to emerge a star, the show is the biggest new hit (at least to this point), and you could do a lot worse (like "Smallville," which may finally be put out of our misery). Only those who know what it could have been will be disappointed, and we still have "La Fea Mas Bella." In Munische. . . oy.